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Trends Microsoft should keep in mind for the next Xbox console

In this editorial, regular Joystiq contributor Kat Bailey examines the trends Microsoft should consider for its next generation console.


Want to know something amazing? The Xbox 360 has been around nearly twice as long as the original Xbox, and we’ve yet to hear a hint from Microsoft about its next console. Instead, the hardware manufacturer is happy to keep moving along for another year with Halo 4, Gears of War: Judgment, and even more Kinect games, secure in the knowledge that the Xbox 360 is among the company’s most successful products.

To be sure, Microsoft is in a much better place now than seven years ago. After four years of running an unprofitable second to Sony, Microsoft was more than ready to move on from what the company had openly described as a test bed. In fact, Microsoft was so desperate to get its console to market that the company was willing to ignore technical problems that would go on to cost them more than a billion dollars. And much as that hurt, Microsoft (if not its customers) would probably still say that the headstart was worth it.

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LittleBigPlanet Karting Accepting Beta Applications

You can sign up for a chance to be part of the LittleBigPlanet Karting beta right now.

All you have to do is head here, fill out a form answering a few questions, and then wait for Sony to get back to you. You will have to find a good way to fill time while you wait. Maybe you can play some ModNation Racers.

Thanks to Joshua Jones for the news tip!

[via PlayStation Blog]

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Max Payne, trying his hardest to get through his gritty, noir life

Max Payne, trying his hardest to get through his gritty, noir life

The hilarious short film about Max Payne above takes all the gritty realism of Max’s latest game appearance, and puts it in the lavender-scented reality of suburban life. Might we suggest not having water in your mouth, lest you’re ready for a spit take.

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Crunchyroll App Coming To PlayStation 3 And Vita

Crunchyroll, the online anime streaming service, is getting PlayStation 3 and Vita support soon.

According to Crunchyroll.com, an app allowing premium members of its site to access content on the PlayStation 3 should be available this summer, with a comparable app for the Vita arriving later in the year.

Thanks to LionheartAce for the news tip!

[via Crunchyroll]

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They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard, elsewhere in this Guardians gameplay video

Three lanes of LOTR, trailerized

Sometimes when we start up a game with branching story paths or “evil” character options, we’ll get down with our bad selves and go for the dark choices, intent on violently slaughtering the goody-two-shoes right off the “light” side. With Guardians of Middle-earth, we don’t think we’ll be able to do that, though.

Perhaps it’s because we’re invested in the lore of Lord of the Rings, because we’ve spent years devouring the books, films and Trivial Pursuit board games, and we’ve rooted for Frodo, Gandalf and the good guys to win the whole time. Choosing to play as Sauron now would feel dirty.

That said, the first-ever gameplay trailer for Guardians of Middle-earth makes each side look equally cool, and it promises the game will launch this fall, for XBLA and PSN only. Go Gandalf! Really, go — Sauron’s like right behind you.

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Creativity Farms: How Epic’s Game Jams Led To Fortnite and Infinity Blade: Dungeons

Creating four Gears of War titles in six years takes its toll on a team. To ensure that the employees of Epic Games studio in North Carolina don't get burned out, director of production Rod Fergusson and the other heads of the studio have scheduled a time for complete freedom called "Epic Fridays" and the larger-scaled "Epic Game Jams".

Watch the video to learn more about how this process gave birth to both Fortnite and Infinity Blade: Dungeons and whether or not we'll ever see a mini-game collection from Epic Games.

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iCade Mobile now at Think Geek for $70

iCade Mobile now at Think Geek for $  70

That iCade Mobile iPhone/iPad controller attachment thingy we first heard about at CES has made it to retail for 10 dollars less than what was originally announced, which is always a welcome surprise, retailers.

The device, now available at Think Geek for $ 70, features a d-pad, four face buttons, four shoulder buttons and allows for the phone/pod to be set in either portrait or landscape. The enclosure connects to your iPhone 3, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S or third/fourth generation iPod via Bluetooth and works with any iCade-compatible title on the App Store. It’s also works with iMAME4all, a MAME emulator available for jailbroken iThings.

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Left 4 Dead 2 Cold Stream DLC Coming Next Month

Cold Stream, which includes a fan made campaign, as well as ports of the original Left 4 Dead's assorted campaigns, is coming July 24.

The DLC will be available simultaneously for Xbox 360, Mac, and PC. Death Toll, Dead Air, Blood Harvest, and Crash Course are the campaigns we will be seeing from Left 4 Dead newly playable with Left 4 Dead 2's characters and weapons.

[via Left 4 Dead blog]

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Rock Band Weekly: All-American Rejects, Mudvayne, Rise Against

In honor of Independence Day, next week’s Rock Band DLC features a band with “All-American” in the name! And … some other stuff that makes that seem more like a coincidence than an Independence Day observation!

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Cold Stream DLC for L4D2 making waves on July 24

New L4D2 DLC

Cold Stream, the massive, much-anticipated and acceptably murderous DLC pack for Left 4 Dead 2, is set to launch on PC, Mac and Xbox 360 on July 24. Cold Stream includes a fan-made campaign, and ports of Left 4 Dead‘s Death Toll, Dead Air, Blood Harvest and Crash Course levels.

Cold Stream first entered beta in March 2011 and is still open for PC and Mac on Steam, making this launch more of an official, polishing update for those platforms. Valve initially said Cold Stream would launch “some time after Portal 2,” and really, it’s not as if they were wrong about that one. Clever, Valve. Clever.

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